I was terribly saddened today to hear of the passing of this leadership guru, and am wondering if anyone else has found his work to be as useful as I have over the years. I first read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First nearly twenty years ago, and the ideas contained within made a huge difference in how I approach my life and my teaching. I have used The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens in my classes from time to time, and I know a fifth grade teacher who has had enormous success implementing some of the ideas from The Leader in Me.
We used Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens as the base structure of a student character instruction program a few years ago. The ideas seem kind of obvious, but sometimes bringing the obvious into focus makes students (and us) consciously think about things that we kind of know and take for granted otherwise.
I have come across his work from time to time, but always placed it on me "I'll get around to it list." Given his passing, I will take a closer look at his work and move it to another one of my reading lists: Read soon.
Interesing that I saw this post today. I've never read Seven Habits but for some reason lately I've been thinking about it. I usually don't read that sort of thing, but I may take a look at it now.